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Amended Spousal Maintenance Laws in 2015

Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Beginning January 1, 2015, significant changes will take effect in the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act. For divorcing couples in Illinois, 2015 will bring standardized rules for determining the amount and length of court-ordered financial support payments (aka spousal maintenanc...

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Family Law In Action

Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

At some point, everyone needs the assistance of an experienced legal professional. This is especially true for couples experiencing separation or divorce and their attendant issues of child custody, property division and support payments. In these situations, it can be great to have a DuPage Cou...

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New Illinois Family Law Effects Joint Custody Parenting

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 02, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new Illinois law, concerning the first right of refusal for parenting time, will have an effect on parenting with a joint custody arrangement.  Effective January 1, 2014, if the court awards joint custody, a parent who is unable to care for the child or children must offer parenting time to the...

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Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling, & Divorce Attorney

Posted by Erin Birt | Dec 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Are you in couples therapy or marriage counseling?  Has there been a determination that the marriage is broken? Are you looking for low cost divorce services to help your family? This post will focus on how our firm works collaboratively with families utilizing Couples Therapy, Marriage Counselin...

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Erin Birt Published in November Issue of DCBA Brief

Posted by Erin Birt | Oct 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

The November issue of the DCBA Brief is out. DuPage County Family Law Attorneys Erin Birt and Elizabeth Chacko co-authored the articleThe Changing Role of the Tender Years Doctrine: Gender Bias, Parenthood, and Illinois Law” in this months DCBA Brief.  Click here to read the article on page 26. ...

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Important Change to Illinois Family Law Mediation Rules

Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

In September 2013, the Mediation Council of Illinois issued the following statement about Important Change to Illinois Family Law Mediation Rules: “IMPORTANT CHANGE TO FAMILY LAW MEDIATION RULES! Effective as of September 1st, The Illinois Supreme Court expanded mediation rules with changes to ...

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Erin Birt is Vice Chair of DCBA’s Child Advocacy Committee

Posted by Erin Birt | Sep 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

During 2013 – 2014, Erin Birt will serve as the Vice -Chair of the DuPage County Bar Association's Child Advocacy Committee.  The committee will organize and present on various topics such as child custody evaluations, juvenile criminal matters, juvenile probation matters, contested adoption matt...

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Is Collaborative Divorce Right for Us?

Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Is a Collaborative Divorce right for us? An Illinois Collaborative Divorce or Collaborative Family Law Services are beneficial for families with unique circumstances that do not fit a “one size fits all” approach often used by courts, families that do not want to duke it out in court, families th...

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Quality Divorce Options located in DuPage County

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Yesterday, while sitting in divorce court, I observed a woman, representing herself, engaged in a hearing with a divorce attorney. She obviously researched her issue and came to court with her organized binder, however, she unfortunately did not understand the true legal issue before the court an...

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Upcoming Presentations by Erin Birt

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

We wanted to update you on the Upcoming Presentations by Erin Birt. Erin will be presenting on the topic of Substance Abuse and the Family in Collaborative Divorce on the following dates: ~January 17, 2013 for the members of the Western Suburban Practice Group for the Collaborative Law Institute...

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Illinois Divorce: Property Division Case Law Update

Posted by Erin Birt | Feb 09, 2012 | 0 Comments

As a divorce lawyer in Illinois, practicing from DuPage County, a common question is: “How is property divided?” The answer, however, should also incorporate the answer to, “How is property classified?” Therefore, this post will focus on Illinois Divorce: Property Division Case Law Update. A rec...

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Stages of Illinois Family Mediation

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

In Illinois, divorce and/or custody cases often include mediation. Parties will likely attend mediation to assist in the resolution of disputes involving custody, parenting time, visitation, and requests to remove the child/ren from Illinois. Parties can also attend mediation, with any qualifie...

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Cameras in Illinois Courtrooms?

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

In Illinois, cameras may soon make their appearance in Circuit Court courtrooms. Cameras would not be permitted in cases involving juveniles, adoptions, and custody cases.  What about divorce cases that do not involve children?  More information is needed about the pilot program. This post will...

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Illinois Child Support Case Law Update

Posted by Erin Birt | Jan 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

In Illinois Divorce and Illinois Custody matters, case law is always being produced and updated by the court system.  Today's post is going to focus on the Illinois Child Support Case Law Update. In re the Marriage of Rice is a recent Illinois Child Support case that addresses the issues of ch...

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Illinois Divorce: Case Law Update

Posted by Erin Birt | Dec 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

In an Illinois divorce case, hiding assets or failing to disclose assets during a divorce is costly.  It may affect the classification and distribution of assets and it may be cause for a court to sanction a party.  This post will focus on Illinois Divorce: Case Law Update. A recent Illinois A...

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Conveniently Pay an Invoice Online

Posted by Erin Birt | Dec 05, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Law Firm of Erin N. Birt, P.C. accepts family law clients (adoption, mediation, divorce, collaborative divorce, general family law, child support, paternity, etc.) from Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, Kendall County, and Will County.  Understanding that it is often difficult to write...

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Divorce and Separation: Coping with the holidays

Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Individuals going through a divorce or separation during the holidays can find it difficult to cope with the added stress.  This time of year is especially difficult as the holiday season is a day to day reminder of happier times or feelings of loneliness.  Just because a family is in transitio...

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Cook County Family Law: Parent Coordinator

Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Families in a Cook County Divorce or Cook County Paternity case may be assigned a parent coordinator.  While a parent coordinator is often utilized in Cook County, it is not as frequently utilized in DuPage County Divorce or Paternity cases. This post will focus on Cook County Family Law: Paren...

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DuPage County Divorce: A La Carte Services

Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

 La Carte Legal Services are also called “limited scope legal representation” and “unbundled legal services.”  Regardless of what the service is called, it means that the client can pick and choose what services the attorney will perform during the course of representation. This post will focus o...

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